Five Myths About The Atomic Bomb

It was exactly 70 years ago that Truman had ordered the dropping of an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, just three days after dropping one on Hiroshima. The event had ever since been shrouded with myth, and history had shown too much kindness for this vicious and inhumane act. There is nothing that could justify what Truman did.

I have little hope that the foolish, historically illiterates will be enlightened about the event, but that doesn’t stop me from posting this great article from the Washington Post entitled “Five myths about the atomic bomb“.

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  1. A quote from Gen. Eisenhower, rarely seen: August 6, 1945, 70th Anniversary Hiroshima
    July 21, 1945: Secretary of War met several top U.S. generals in Germany. Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower would years later in Newsweek write: “Secretary of War Stimson, visiting my headquarters in Germany, informed me that our government was preparing to drop an atomic bomb on Japan. I was one of those who felt that there were a number of cogent reasons to question the wisdom of such an act. …the Secretary, upon giving me the news of the successful bomb test in New Mexico, and of the plan for using it, asked for my reaction, apparently expecting a vigorous assent. During his recitation of the relevant facts, I had been conscious of a feeling of depression and so I voiced to him my grave misgivings, first on the basis of my belief that Japan was already defeated and that dropping the bomb was completely unnecessary, and secondly because I thought that our country should avoid shocking world opinion by the use of a weapon whose employment was, I thought, no longer mandatory as a measure to save American lives.

    “It was my belief that Japan was, at that very moment, seeking some way to surrender with a minimum loss of ‘face’. The Secretary was deeply perturbed by my attitude.”

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